As most know, Poinsettias are known to be one of the main favorite Christmas flower but did you know it has a couple hidden secrets that if you were not a flower person you might not know… even some flower people don’t always know the hidden secrets this gorgeous flower holds.
Here’s is one of the hidden secrets about Poinsettias:
The stalks of the Poinsettias have a milky fluid in them that contains latex. This is typically not harmful however, it is quite bitter tasting so although not poisonous to your pets, they will not enjoy the taste and very possibly get an upset tummy! If you are allergic to latex, you should not handle the plant without gloves.
Another hidden secret that is actually a myth is that the poinsettia is poisonous. The truth is the poinsettia is actually quite harmless to both children and pets. The poinsettia has been tested extensively for toxicity, but all tests come up negative or very low. According to studies done by POISENDEX, the source of poison information for the majority of poison control centers, it a 50 pound child would have to ingest more than 1¼ lbs of poinsettia leaves (about 500 to 600 leaves) to get sick. Now that is a lot of eating and a whole bunch of lack of supervision! The ASPCA’s website list the poinsettia as slightly toxic to dogs and cats, saying it can cause irritation in the stomach and mouth, but does ALSO point out it is generally over-rated in toxicity. However, The American Veterinary Medicine Association of America (AVMA), does not include poinsettias on it’s list of plants that are a threat to animals.
Even though the risks associated with the poinsettia is so low, it is not wise to have this plant within reach of curious pets or little children – not due to toxicity, but do to the safety of the plant. Little hands and pets have a tendency to “play” with these beauties, which can leave them looking rather torn.
The final hidden although not so much is that the poinsettia has its own special day, yet not many know this. The poinsettia is so popular that December 12th has been made the Official Poinsettia Day! Get your fresh beautiful poinsettias from Brant Florist in time to celebrate such a grand flower event!
December is a special month as it host two very special flowers as December’s birth flowers – the Poinsettia and the Narcissus.
The Poinsettia equates celebration, success, reassurance, and good cheer when gifted. The Poinsettia is known for its striking red displays at Christmas time and is often used as a floral Christmas decoration because of its festive colors.
Native to southern Mexico and Central America, the Poinsettia is known to reach heights of sixteen feet. They got their name from the first United States Ambassador to Mexico – Joel Roberts Poinsett who introduced the plant in the U.S. in 1825.
The Narcissus equates formality, sweetness, formality, respect, modesty and faithfulness when gifted. During the Victorian Era it is said that gifting Narcissus meant that the receiver was the ‘One and Only”. In Wales, it is traditional to wear a daffodil on Saint David’s Day (March 1st).
Narcissus is the Latin name for a group of hardy bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers. Narcissus is also called the Daffodil. There are several Narcissus species that bloom in the autumn but mostly are spring blooming. They are mostly native to the Mediterranean region, but a few species are found through central Asia to China. Common colors of Narcissus are white, yellow, and orange.
Narcissus and Poinsettia are a couple of the more common flowers used to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve and make for a perfect gift for that December birthday person, or as a holiday gift.
Poinsettias play an active role in the holiday season, and because of that you want to keep them just as fresh and beautiful as the day you got them. Here are some do’s and don’ts of poinsettia care to help you extend the longlivity in the beauty of your poinsettias.
Your poinsettia plant should be placed in indirect sunlight for at least 6 hours a day.
For the longlivity of your poinsettia, keep the room temperatures between 68-70 degrees.
If you need to transport your poinsettia outside of your home, cover it in a large roomy plastic bag. Kitchen garbage bags work nicely.
Fertilize your poinsettia plant only after the blooming season. Use a general all purpose fertilizer. Never fertilize your poinsettia while in bloom.
Do not place your poinsettia plant by cold drafts or excessive heat sources such as heating ducts, space heaters, or fireplaces. It is understandable that poinsettias can set off a fireplace mantle beautifully, but if it is a working fireplace, your poinsettia will not be able to withstand the heat.
Do not leave your poinsettia out in the cold. Just because poinsettias are considered a winter plant, does not mean they fair well in cold temperatures.
Do not overwater you poinsettia or allow it to sit in standing water.